Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 2016
Country: United States
Run Time: 78 minutes


Have you ever tried and failed to explain one of your dreams to another person? Maybe the retelling isn’t as compelling… maybe the problem was in the way you told the story. The filmmakers in COLLECTIVE:UNCONSCIOUS pawn out their dreams to other storytellers. Each filmmaker records one of their dreams and passes it on to another director to realize the writer’s unconscious vision. The results are breathtaking: they include a lyrical black-and-white planet where citizens are hypnotized by an omnipotent voice counting sheep; a hysterical, enraging game show in which a grim reaper from “the department of black death” condemns children at the hands of law enforcement; and a gym instructor who empowers and bewilders a student questioning their gender with the blow of a whistle. Funny, surreal, and deeply relevant all in equal measure, COLLECTIVE:UNCONSCIOUS is an amazing testament to our ability to interpret our dreams as well as the creative power of sleep. –C.P.

CIFF40 Screenings

Wednesday, April 06, 2016 at 2:20 PM

Thursday, April 07, 2016 at 9:40 PM

New Direction Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Lily Baldwin, Frances Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Josephine Decker, Lauren Wolkstein

Lily Baldwin is a dancer and filmmaker working out of New York City, Los Angeles, and Berlin. Frances Bodomo, born in Accra, Ghana in 1988, is an assistant director and rising filmmaker based in New York. Daniel Patrick Carbone, born in Newton, New Jersey in 1984, is a cinematographer and filmmaker. Josephine Decker, born in 1981, is an actor and performance artist who studied at Princeton University. Lauren Wolkstein, born in Baltimore in 1982, holds an M.F.A. in Filmmaking from Columbia University.


Dan Schoenbrun, Zachary Shedd, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Andrew Houchens, Kara Elverson, Chanelle Elaine, Laurie Thomas, Valerie Steinberg, Andrew Houchens

Daniel Patrick Carbone, Frances Bodomo, Lily Baldwin, Lauren Wolkstein, Mariama Diallo

Zachary Galler, Nick Bentgen, H. Paul Moon, Chananun Chotrungroj, Dagmar Weaver-Madsen

Vanessa McDonnell, Nick Paley, Josephine Decker, Christopher Radcliff, Lauren Wolkstein, Colin Elliott, Lily Baldwin

Principal Cast
Frank Mosley, Will Blomker, Lily Baldwin, Tonya Pinkins, Daniel Ryan, Ryan Cassata, Sanda Weigl, MJ Frank, Samuel John Damon, Jamal Batts

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